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I wouldn’t put the Storm in the same category as the Warriors.
I can understand the ‘allbut unborn baby brother’ type comparison re where RL sat (still sits to a large extent), but I also think there’s a lot of differences.
Victorians will attend anything on mass. Clive Palmer in a mankini would probably draw 99% of the state, and regrets from the other 1% that couldn’t attend. I won’t go into detail about how strange I find them (as that would involve something in the order of trillions of pages of text), but I think it’s fair to say they (the Storm) did it a lot easier than the Warriors, especially as it was also an opportunity for Victorians to pretend/buy a form of dominance over NSW, and to a lesser extent QLD.

'Thank you for all of the sacrifices': What it's like to be a New Zealand Warriors fan

“The club runs the risk of building up to a tilt for the crown and then Reynolds retires”.
Reynolds is 31 and the Broncos have finished last and second last over the past 2 seasons, so I think it would be fair to say if they have “a tilt for the crown” during his time there he’s more than (way more than) done his job.
That said, I think he’s a great pick up for them, but I don’t think they’d be expecting him to be holding the trophey.

The top four NRL recruiters for season 2022

I assume he also had one of those novelty (very bending) straws.
Not smart, especially at his age/stage of his career.

UPDATED: Blake Ferguson sacked by Japanese club after arrest

“The large number of quality players wanting to play at the Dogs despite their ladder position is an indicator that Trent has strength where it matters.”
I don’t think it’s that simple, but will admit I haven’t paid that much attention to the Dogs. How many, if any, of those “quality players” had a similar or better offer on the table when they signed on?
Maybe, and I think it’s a definite maybe, most new players didn’t manage to get way overs, but that’s a very different story to “an indicator Trent has strength”.
I think the strategy of having a relatively (borderline very) cheap spine has afforded the Dogs more cap space to spend elsewhere, but that is an extremely risky strategy, and I’d add, coupled with Trent as coach?
I think they’ll miss the 8, but wave bye bye to Trent in 2022.

NRL 2022 Radar: Big-spending Bulldogs will struggle unless dominant playmaker emerges

“Canterbury will field 2 NSW/ Intrust/ Knock on Cup sides next year”.
Yeah, but the 1 they fielded this year in the FG comp didn’t do much, other than collect the spoon.

NRL 2022 Radar: Big-spending Bulldogs will struggle unless dominant playmaker emerges

I think you’re too late.
It would appear Gus will keep that role within the commentary team.
That said, if only you auditioned early.
The no, no (pause) no, no (longer pause), and the no, no again would have more than put you in contention for the role, other than the pauses, but if you just expanded on it a bit. A no, no, no or no, no, no, no, no, and no would have got you job (assuming you were disagreeing with a refs legitimate call of course).

Record rights deal locks in Gus and the gang for another five years, restores Origin to traditional day

“Guns Gould (I hope he’s less annoying than Gus) and the gang will be on your screens until the end of the 2027 season at least.”
6 years of Gus. It feels like I’ve already been through that this year alone.

Record rights deal locks in Gus and the gang for another five years, restores Origin to traditional day

Good luck to him, and I think he’ll more than find his feet in life when he’s ready.
I think he’s an incredibly talented player but just wanted to ‘enjoy life’.
You could argue it’s been a waste of talent, and it almost certainly has been, but at the same time he’s probably had an awesome ride to date, and I’m sure he’ll do very well in life when he’s ready.
Anyway, good luck to him.

'It was mad': Corey Norman calls time on NRL career after being cut by Dragons

And there’s another benefit to not being vaxed.
He (Asiata) won’t have to pay tax at the top marginal rate on his salary going forward, so it’s a WIN/WIN with rainbows all round.

Bulldogs part with premiership winner over vaccine refusal in an NRL first

True, but I work in an industry that is extremely heavily regulated/scrutinised, and that increases super regularly, with very little notice, and at least year on year.
When I entered the industry (nearly 20 years ago) I literally would have been amongst the top few % re qualifications, but I’ve still had to do hundreds of hours of formal studies/pass newly introduced exams etc to keep my job, and yes, I now have to be double vexed too (not that I needed that incentive).
So your point is?

Bulldogs part with premiership winner over vaccine refusal in an NRL first

You’d think so, and pre covid that would have been the case, BUT now?
I live, and manage a business in WA and our …….. but I’ll refer to him as a Premier has mandated the vax for just about everyone in every occupation (expect Politicians and a select few others). Literally, over 75% of the workforce here is subject to it, and if, as their employer, I can’t prove they are double vaxed at call, then my business gets a $100k fine. Yep, $100k, and that’s the state law, up to you (me, and any business owner here) to make that work under the federal law/s.
Do you want …….. him back?

Bulldogs part with premiership winner over vaccine refusal in an NRL first

For the most part Forty Twenty I agree.
I don’t think it’s just for the howlers, and it gives sides (the captain) a fair avenue for dispute. Seriously, what’s the point of a captain being able to ask/discuss a call from the ref when the decision has already been made (pre the captains challenge rule)?
The 2 things I don’t like about it, and I think the first is a relatively easy fix, are:
1. Over analysing it because it’s been called. The every angle, every frame etc. It doesn’t need to be yet another episode of NCIS. There was a call made on field, and pre the challenge etc that was the final call, so view it again in real time/view it from a different angle, but support the on field call unless it was clearly wrong.
2. The we just need a break call. I’ve got a challenge remaining and we want to regroup, get some air in the lungs etc. especially in the last few minutes. I don’t think it’s fair to call a time in the game when you can’t use a challenge but I also don’t think it’s fair to use one in the remaining minutes of game solely as a breather (just a tactic).

Wrestling fix was a band-aid solution that didn't address the cause

“McInnes 13”.
Yep, makes a lot of sense.

“Liddle isn’t a first grader”.
Maybe not, or maybe just not a good fit (at Wests/that team structure).
I’d be happy to pick him up cheap as a first reserve hooker (to I don’t know who at the Eels as yet) to give him a crack.

Around the Grounds: Tigers consider Simonsson, Woods reveals Dragons clause

I think you got/are getting lucky.
I rate Milford and Walker, but not as a halves combo.
I think with that combo you’d have some seriously big wins at times, and mainly against poor/very poor sides, but probably ultimately end the season with the best for/against margin from a bottom 8 side.

Around the Grounds: Tigers consider Simonsson, Woods reveals Dragons clause

“well, maybe not Papali’i”, and I’d add “probably not any”.
If Matterson wants out, go, and he will free up some cap.
The Dogs are putting together a good side, and even assuming Barrett is only their 2022 “caretaker” couch (as I suspect is the case) their best case scenario is they open a short term premiership window, due to picking up so many “undervalued” players over a 2 year period, who will all want big pay rises (a current Parra situation) around the same time, or far more likely (my take on it) they’ll need another Dean Pay to throw under the bus whilst they navigate their way beyond the back ended deals.

NRL 2022 Radar: Flawed signings strategy puts Eels on slippery slope

Paul, 10 likes and 100 agrees to you.
I look at our current (the 2021) squad and can’t identify a core player that I’d want to lose (other than maybe Matterson based on a “does he want to be here” factor only), but at the same time I don’t think we’re quite strong enough as a team/unit to win a premiership (not without a bit more than average luck).
Part of me thinks all we’re missing is that 1 “superstar”, but then I get back to the question of who that “superstar” should be/who gets dropped to make room?
I back BA (big time) so I don’t have an answer. Maybe, and I’m hoping the answer is investing in development (as we’re doing). Getting that bit more out of our current squad, developing and progressing new talent, picking up guys that are talented but unwanted. On the “talented but unwanted” front we may well be on the cusp of a full 180. Come to Parra and we’ll make/regenerate your NRL career. Yeah, yeah, yeah, to all those that point to all the history, and I acknowledge that, but maybe we’ve turned/are turning a (HUGE) corner. MAYBE.

NRL 2022 Radar: Flawed signings strategy puts Eels on slippery slope

NoiP, without trying to make excuses, because I think we could have managed the roster better, but:
The “3 lowball numbers for current players” (and I’d agree you’ve used very low numbers, understand why etc, and for the record I had estimated around $800k), but they haven’t left yet, and assuming they’re not released early haven’t freed up any cap. We’ve got a y at to replace them.
The only player that’s left this year that was on more than min wage (close to min) is Fergo, and that was still only around $550k (total) so once they’re replaced him (assuming min wage only replacements) we’re probably talking around an extra $400k for 2022 (above indexing).
We’ve extended a number of contracts this year (which most people/the media miss/ignore), and between them we probably used a fair chunk of the surplus from losing Fergo.
We haven’t finalised our 2022 roster yet, so let’s see if we get a surprise signing (I’m hoping Cotric).
Don’t get me wrong I’m not having a dig, and I get where you’re coming from, agree we could have handled it better (and am most disappointed by the Mahoney lose), but I think the whole Parra situation needs that context.
I should probably also point out those 3 players we’ve lost/signed elsewhere signed for between about (a bit less, but close to in Mahoney’s case) double to triple their current salaries.
I’m going to “glass half full it” now, by saying in a way (and this is not an excuse) it’s a positive sign. We don’t have any core players that we want to drop (other than maybe Matterson, and not based on talent/value for money, but possibly attitude/commitment), and we have numerous players other clubs are bidding super hard (up to triple current contract value) for. This is not a position Parra has found itself in for a very long time, so we’re not as experienced at handling it as some others clubs (yet).

NRL 2022 Radar: Flawed signings strategy puts Eels on slippery slope

GB, I thought it was bad enough the catch cry of us Parra fans is “yeah, but next year”, without a Bunnies fan adding “nah, not even the year after”.
As for “hemorrhaging” players, talk about talking it up. Mahoney is a big loss, yes. Papali’i, based on his 2021 (only, not on the form he brought to the club from his previous years in FG), a big loss, yes, but I think we were right not trying to match/get close to the $600k p.a medium/long term deal. Good luck to him and the Tigers (sincerely) but I don’t think it was worth the risk. I’m not really concerned about Niukore.
That’s it thus far. Paulo worries me, but I think he’ll stay, and if Matterson wants to go, then he can go.
As for the “circus” around Gutho’s contract, the reality is that wasn’t even a storm in a tea cup, not even a low pressure system in a thimble, that was all media. Gutho wants the best possible deal, and fair call, as does Parra, and fair call. He was on good money (top end of fair), and he remains on good money (top end of fair). We could have lost him if someone was prepared to pay significant overs, he wanted to see if someone would, the media had its circus, and in the end he re-signed with Parra.

'We just need everyone working towards the same goals': What it's like to be a Parra fan

It’s somewhat/almost ironic.
I think it’s fair to say he’s getting the (extra) big bucks mainly because of his defence in the no 9 position (not his actual ability as a “tradional hooker”), and he’s getting there through offence (in his style of play and to the Storm).

BREAKING: Furious Storm consider cutting the Cheese after controversial podcast comments

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.
Brandon, you’ve got the no. 9 jersey still, but just a little FYI we’re making a slight adjustment to our plays in 2022. Anyone wearing a number from 1-8 or 10 upwards can make a (very) late pass to anyone not wearing one of those numbers in order to avoid a (very) heavy tackle.

BREAKING: Furious Storm consider cutting the Cheese after controversial podcast comments

It may be due to the view from behind a (blue and gold) monocle, but I’m still not overly concerned about our post 2022 prospects.
Losing Mahoney, from his talent/influence in our team perspective, and due to what is looking like a pretty serious talent shortage in the no. 9 position, is my biggest concern. I didn’t think his price was over the top/too far over the top, so I thought we should have offered/been prepared to pay a bit more. That said, I’m now hoping Parra have a decent plan B.
Papali’i was awesome for us, no doubt, deserves his accolades, big $ contract etc, and will definitely be missed, but he’s got to maintain that form, or close to it. He came to us in 2021 a pretty much unwanted player and was signed on for close to min. wage. I can understand, and respect the club’s decision not to try and match the the big $ / long term Tigers deal, and I can understand why Papali’i took it.
On a side note: Papali’i has been a mega WIN/WIN, and whilst his deal has been the biggest, it’s not the only one, and it’s not going unnoticed by this Parra fan at least. The WIN/WIN obviously being his performance (especially on a value per $ basis) for Parra, and from his perspective, his career.
Mahoney, to a much lesser extent, but again a few years ago he told (and by the Dogs) he isn’t good enough to play FG. There are a few others too, but I digress.
Niukore, I’m not really concerned about. We have (now more of a had going forward) too many edge forwards. I’ll miss him more from his ability as a centre than forward.
I’m expecting we are going to lose Matterson, which from what I can gather will be a mutually acceptable outcome, so we will need another edge forward in 2023, and maybe before.
I hope we can retain Paulo, BIG time.
We’ve got several spots to fill for 2022, and some cap space (mainly from Fergo leaving, and we were expecting/budgeting for sizeable upgrades from 2022 if we retained Papali’i etc, and possibly an early release of Matterson).
If we can get a decent No. 9 for 2023, I’m happy.

Just how long is too long between drinks for the Parramatta Eels?

“If this incident had been a Souths Sydney player I can only imagine the personal insults that would being hurled the Bunnies way if it were Sam Burgess, Latrell Mitchell or Cody Walker.”
I could argue you’re both right and wrong, and wrong and right.
“If this incident had been a Souths Sydney player I can only imagine the personal insults that would being hurled the Bunnies way” and pause. Kamikamica’s profile would be about in line with Tatola’s (there or there abouts), and I’d imagine the response would be about the same.
“if it were Sam Burgess, Latrell Mitchell or Cody Walker” and pause. Are we still comparing apples with apples (clubs with clubs) or the attention gained from a cardinal and murtle Lamborghini to a purple Mini, and claiming the only difference is the colour?

Dolphins raid Storm ranks to secure first big-name recruit

GB, “Especially when they conduct trials by media and argue on the night how one players (Latrell) should get a lengthy suspension when others like Nathan Cleary and Issiah Yeo “shouldn’t have anything to worry about” and then “Hey presto!” nothing happens.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the tail wagging the dog.
I’d argue on many/maybe most occasions it has more to do with the fact that the commentators, often ex players, people that make a living from RL (professionals) can gauge the severity, therefore the expected penalty as it happens/whilst they are commentating the game, and “hey presto” they called it right.

Dolphins raid Storm ranks to secure first big-name recruit

I doubt it will be much of a bidding war, but it could save you a few bucks.
I hope we get him

Slip slidin' away: Eels lose another star with Mahoney set to join Dogs

Yep, it does feel like a “kick in the guts”, but I was expecting it.
In all honesty I don’t understand why we weren’t prepared to go that bit harder to keep him. I don’t see $600k as being overs, and certainly not big overs in this market re hookers, and I’d expect that we wouldn’t have even had to match it to keep him.
I hope (in Parra we trust) we have a good plan B, but I don’t see it.
I think Trent is (effectively) gone already.

Slip slidin' away: Eels lose another star with Mahoney set to join Dogs

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